German Film Series - Fall 2017

German Film Series

Amherst College Department of German Presents
The German Film Series
Fall 2017
Thursdays at 4:00 and 7:30 pm, Stirn Auditorium, Amherst College
(in German with English subtitles)

September 14: Bandits (Katja von Garnier, 1997; 109 min.)
Fast-paced feel-good movie featuring some of Germany’s best known actresses, including Katja Riemann and Jasmin Tabatabai: four female prison inmates form a rock band.  At an outside gig, at a policemen’s ball, they seize the opportunity to escape, leading to a dramatic, crazy chase all over Germany, to an upbeat musical score.

October 5: Vitus (Fredi M. Murer, 2006; 123 min.)
A charming Swiss comedy about a child prodigy, piano Wunderkind Vitus, and his gnarly grandfather (played by Bruno Ganz), who team up with a bag of tricks to protect the boy from his over-ambitious parents.

October 19:  Vorspiel (Ready for Life, Peter Kahane, 1987; 90 min.)
Bittersweet comedy drama, set in East Germany in the 1980s.  Tom, a shy 17-year-old, hangs out with his pals in a drab provincial town.  When dashing Corinna and her father, museum director Dr. Lange, move into town from East Berlin, Tom enlists the help of all his friends to conquer the girl of his dreams.   But he is in for a bunch of surprises.
Screenings, with director Peter Kahane present for Q & A, are held in conjunction with, and with the generous support of,  the U Mass DEFA Film Library's 2017 Artist-In-Residence Program. 

November 9: Kirschblüten—Hanami (Cherry Blossoms, Doris Dörrie, 2008; 127 min.)
Touching tragicomic drama about marital love and dysfunctional families: Trudi always wanted to take her ailing husband on a spiritual pilgrimage to Japan’s Mount Fuji; when she dies unexpectedly, he decides against all odds to undertake the journey on his own.

November 30: Alles auf Zucker! (Go for Zucker! Dani Levy, 2004; 90 min.)
Award-winning satirical comedy about German-Jewish identity after reunification.  Two brothers, who grew up on different sides of the Iron Curtain, have to reconcile and reaffirm their Jewish identity to claim their mother’s inheritance. Easier said than done for Jackie Zucker (Henry Hübchen), who has been living his whole life in atheist East Germany.